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Tales of reverence and legacy for Mr. Rooney

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 24 / 17

W e lost a great man on April 13. The history of the NFL will be filled with references to Dan Rooney , who will stand with the likes of Pete Rozelle , George Halas , Paul Brown and Wellington Mara as among those having tremendous influence...

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